Open forums scheduled for College of Arts and Letters candidates

April 24, 2017 | UToday, Arts and Letters
By Staff

Four finalists for the position of dean of the College of Arts and Letters will visit campus this week for open forums to engage with the UT community.

Listed by dates, open forums and candidates are:

• Monday, April 24 — Dr. David Yalof, professor and department head of political science at the University of Connecticut in Storrs, 12:45 to 1:45 p.m. in Center for Performing Arts Room 1036.

• Wednesday, April 26 — Dr. Peter Biehl, professor and chair of anthropology and director of the Institute for European and Mediterranean Archaeology at the State University of New York at Buffalo, 1 to 2 p.m. in Center for Performing Arts Room 1025.

• Thursday, April 27 — Dr. James Meernik, professor of political science and director of the Castleberry Peace Institute at the University of North Texas in Denton, 1 to 2 p.m. in Center for Performing Arts Room 1017.

• Friday, April 28 — Dr. Charlene Gilbert, dean and director of Ohio State University at Lima, 1 to 2 p.m. in Center for Performing Arts Room 1025.

Faculty, staff and students are invited to get to know the candidates at meetings. For specific dates and times, go to

Reporting to the provost and executive vice president for academic affairs, the dean serves as chief academic and administrative officer of the College of Arts and Letters and is responsible for the administration of academic programs; student success; strategic and fiscal planning; evaluation of faculty and staff; promoting diversity awareness; and planning and advancing new academic initiatives, community services and campus facilities.

The dean will interact with other administrators to promote the needs of the college on campus and in the surrounding community, including pursuing external funding.

For more information about the dean search and to see the candidates’ curriculum vitaes, visit

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